The Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC), a property development company┬átasked with providing shelter┬áto Batswana,┬áhas┬áswiftly┬ádenied suggestions┬áthat┬á its service rendering is┬á heavily skewed┬á towards the urbanites at the expense of the rural folks.
┬áFounded in 1971, BHC┬áhas recently started to┬á put up some property development in the┬á countryside under the┬á build and sell scheme but the problem is that its prices are generally over of the roof for the rural folks.
┬áThe parastatal, which is the largest property developer in the country, is┬á focused on property development, renting, selling┬á and┬á property management. It┬á is┬á to embark on┬á debt instrument issuance┬á to the┬á tune of P 2 billion┬á starting┬á┬á on Monday to try to shore-up its┬á financial┬á muscle.
Speaking at a ceremony where the corporation was donating some gifts and hampers ahead┬á of the upcoming┬á festive season to the pediatric wards at the Scottish Livingstone Hospital, BHC deputy chief executive officer, Milidzani Majingo,┬á intermittently┬á dismissed the perception that┬á the institution was urban centered┬á and profitÔÇôorientated.
“Today we gathered here to witness yet another picture of BHC that has been tainted by some people accusing the organization of rendering the entire services to the urban places and calling the organization an urban housing corporation.
“As I speak today, many villages are endowed with BHC houses and providing shelter to the inhabitants,”┬áMajingo said , adding that┬á “in no time next year at Magokotshwane Ward in Molepolole BHC will start some housing projects”.
As a national entity, the BHC developments are not restricted to a particular area with the BHC second-in-charge maintaining its benefits should be for all Batswana hence “our decision to come here next year”.
Currently, the housing agency has left immense footprints in big villages such as Serowe, Maun and Gantsi with more land needed by the Corporation to erect the facilities.
“We need more land for the Corporation to live to its mandate. Currently, we are at the table with the Ngwato land board, requesting them to offer us land to build more houses,” the Minister of Lands and Housing, Nonofo Molefhi, said, officially opening the new unit houses in Serowe recently.
“We intend to expand even more to the peripheral areas,” he added.
While acknowledging the piece of land the Kweneng land board has awarded the Corporation, Majingo┬á shared sentiments expressed by Molefhi calling on the board to afford them land to shelter Bakwena.
“We hope these developments will be beneficial to the people of Molepolole in terms of accommodation and job opportunities among other things,” he said.